Hypertext Webster Gateway: "information"

From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) (web1913)

Information \In`for*ma"tion\, n. [F., fr. L. informatio
representation, cinception. See {Inform}, v. t.]
1. The act of informing, or communicating knowledge or

The active informations of the intellect. --South.

2. News, advice, or knowledge, communicated by others or
obtained by personal study and investigation;
intelligence; knowledge derived from reading, observation,
or instruction.

Larger opportunities of information. --Rogers.

He should get some information in the subject he
intends to handle. --Swift.

3. (Law) A proceeding in the nature of a prosecution for some
offens against the government, instituted and prosecuted,
really or nominally, by some authorized public officer on
behalt of the government. It differs from an indictment in
criminal cases chiefly in not being based on the finding
of a grand juri. See {Indictment}.

From WordNet (r) 1.7 (wn)

n 1: a message received and understood that reduces the
recipient's uncertainty [syn: {info}]
2: a collection of facts from which conclusions may be drawn;
"statistical data" [syn: {data}]
3: knowledge acquired through study or experience or
4: (communication theory) a numerical measure of the
uncertainty of an outcome; "the signal contained thousands
of bits of information" [syn: {selective information}, {entropy}]
5: formal accusation of a crime

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